Tanner Cooper serves as the Program Coordinator of the Honors Residential Commons (HRC) and Hillcrest Hall at Virginia Tech. In this role, he provides leadership for the honors living community and focuses on individual student engagement, student-centeredness, and support all while providing intentional programming in collaboration with the Faculty Principal and campus partners. Also in this role, Tanner provides direct supervision to 13 resident assistants living within the HRC and Hillcrest to help students thrive not just in the residence halls, but beyond as well. Prior to this role, Tanner served as a Residence Hall Director at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, New York. Tanner started his higher education journey at the University of South Alabama as a Community Director.
Tanner earned a BS in History from McKendree University in Lebanon Illinois, and an M. ED in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.
Tanner loves working with living-learning programs because he believes LLPs are a place for students to learn and thrive, find their sense of belonging, and create long-lasting experiences. His favorite Aspiration for Student Learning is Embracing UT Prosim as a way of life. He said, “The university motto, UT Prosim (That I May Serve), serves as a foundation for students to enrich their lives by fostering meaningful connections, compelling experiences, and service to others. By fostering all of these, students will not just be embracing UT Prosim at Virginia Tech, but they will be embracing it as a way of life.”